Albums of the Month: May 2021

Clockwise from top-left: As With the City by Antarctic Wastelands and Norvik, WINK by CHAI, A Liquid Breakfast by AUDREY NUNA, and Black to the Future by Sons of Kemet (album artwork by Mzwandile Buthelezi).

Unfortunately, time constraints meant that I did not get the opportunity to write the usual reviews for May’s albums of the month. Nevertheless, the selection here comes very highly recommended – in fact this month arguably produced the most impressive haul of high-quality albums of any so far this year. Please enjoy!

WARNING: All albums and their accompanying videos are completely uncensored. A number of them contain bad language that is unsuitable for children, NSFW topics and images, and/or political commentary that may offend or disturb some.

Album of the Month

Mckinley Dixon – For My Mama and Anyone Who Look Like Her (Rap/Jazz, Spacebomb)

Standout tracks: Bless The Child, make a poet Black

For fans of: Kendrick Lamar, Saba

The Contenders

2. CHAI – Wink (Pop/Electronic, Sub Pop)

Standout tracks: ACTION, END

For fans of: Gorillaz, The Chemical Brothers, Superorganism


3. Mustafa – When Smoke Rises (Folk/R&B, Regent Park Songs)

Standout tracks: Air Forces, Stay Alive

For fans of: Sampha, James Blake, Sufjan Stevens


4. AUDREY NUNA – A Liquid Breakfast (Rap/R&B, Arista Records)

Standout tracks: damn Right, Baby Blues

For fans of: Tkay Maidza, Princess Nokia


5. Sons of Kemet – Black to the Future (Jazz, Impulse! Records)

Standout tracks: To Never Forget the Source, Pick Up Your Burning Cross

For fans of: Shabaka And The Ancestors, The Comet is Coming, Ezra Collective


6. Bachelor – Doomin’ Sun (Indie Rock, Lucky Number Music Limited)

Standout tracks: Anything At All, Doomin’ Sun

For fans of: Jay Som (who is a member of the band), Spoon, Beach Bunny,


7. black midi – Cavalcade (Rock/Experimental, Rough Trade Records)

Standout tracks: Slow, Ascending Forth

For fans of: Radiohead, Black Country, New Road


8. Antarctic Wastelands & Norvik – As With the City (Ambient/Neo-Classical, Echoes Blue Music)

Standout tracks: As The Lights Dim, All Along The Harbour


9. CZARFACE & MF DOOM – Super What? (Hip-Hop, Silver Age)

Standout tracks: Break in the Action, Mando Calrissian

For fans of: MF DOOM, Inspectah Deck (who is a member of the band), A Tribe Called Quest


10. Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, & Jon Randall – The Marfa Tapes (Country, Vanner Records)

Standout tracks: Waxahachie, The Wind’s Just Gonna Blow

For fans of: Pistol Annies, Kacey Musgraves



Honourable Mentions

11. Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime (Rock, Matador)

12. Robert Finley – Sharecropper’s Son (Blues/Soul, Easy Eye Sound)

13. Green-House – Music for Living Spaces (Ambient, Leaving Records)

14. Balkan Taksim – Disko telegraf (World/Electronic, Hera Mundus Productions SRL)

15. Alfie Templeman – Forever Isn’t Long Enough (Pop, Chess Club)

16. Natalia Lafourcade – Un Canto por México Vol. 2 (Ranchera/Bolero, Sony Music Entertainment México)

17. Violet Cold – Empire of Love (Metal/Shoegaze, Violet Cold)

18. Sophia Kennedy – Monsters (Alt-Pop, City Slang)

19. Billie Marten – Flora Fauna (Singer-Songwriter/Indie Rock, Fiction Records)

20. Voronoi – The Last Three Seconds (Jazz/Experimental, Small Pond Recordings)

21. VOLA – Witness (Metal/Djent, Mascot Records)

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